Korean-owned carmaker Kia Motors Slovakia produced more than 252,000 cars in the country last year, representing growth of 10 percent year-on-year, company spokesman Dušan Dvořák told the TASR newswire on Tuesday, January 17. Production of engines increased by 12 percent during the same period, with over 359,000 petrol and diesel engines leaving the company’s Slovak assembly lines.
According to Dvořák, Kia wants to boost production in Slovakia further, and plans to make 285,000 vehicles in 2012. The overall production capacity of the assembly plant in Teplička nad Váhom (Žilina region) is 450,000 units a year. Around 900 new employees were hired and trained at the end of last year, and a third production shift was launched in January. The company currently provides jobs to more than 3,900 people. The company exports cars to countries all over Europe, with the key markets remaining the same as in 2010: 23 percent of overall production was exported to Russia, 10 percent to Great Britain, 9 percent to Germany, 8 percent to Spain, and 5 percent to France. The remaining cars were sold in another 44 countries, with almost 2 percent of production going to the Slovak market.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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18. Jan 2012 at 14:00